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Where to Eat This Weekend: Aspen – Ute City

March 29th, 2013 Posted by Aspen, Chefs, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Take a Journey with

Locally Sourced & Globally Inspired Cuisine


Located within the famous restaurant row in Aspen, the restaurant Ute City serves up European flavors in a sophisticated, and yet fun setting.  With floor to ceiling windows that look up at Aspen mountain, Ute City serves as an upscale Colorado ski town hangout.  For lunch, dinner, or apres ski or hike, locals and tourists alike gather in Ute City’s swanky and slightly rustic dining room.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The chef behind Ute City’s gastronomic magic, Chef Peter Coyne, is noted for being an early advocate of farm to table, emphasizing regional cuisine in many of his signature dishes.  Intertwining the best of both worlds, Chef Coyne marries Colorado cuisine with exotic flavors from many of the rich food cultures of Europe.  Thus, a meal at Ute City offers the diner a sampling of the best flavors of the Old and the New World, often using local products to create European flavors.

In the end, the cuisine at Ute City presents the diner with a multicultural experience with the opportunity to taste a different culture’s cuisine at every meal.  Beginning with Greece for lunch, you can bite into a gyro-inspired panini, made with a slow-roasted leg of lamb, sprinkled with a healthy helping of mint, a generous dollop of cucumber sauce, all of which is tucked away into a warm pita.  Follow this up with a dinner of forest mushroom gnocchi topped with basil and a luxurious truffle sauce, inspired by the rustic countryside of Italy.

For dessert, you can come back home to indulge in that all American Lee’s Carrot Cake piled with a thick, mile-high cream cheese frosting dotted by those delicious little morsels of cinnamon sugared pecans.  After this happy and somewhat fairytale ending to your gastronomic journey in tasting various flavors of the world, you will surely have an increased appreciation for the locally sourced, globally inspired cuisine of Ute City in Aspen.

Ute City is located at 308 E. Hopkins Avenue; Tel: 970-925-2900; Open Lunch & Dinner 11:30 a.m. to close.

Where To Eat This Weekend: (Boulder) Colterra

May 11th, 2012 Posted by Boulder, Chefs, Culinary Connectors, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

This weekend, take advantage of a patio less than an hour from the city.  Indulge in the warm sunlight, filtered through 100 year old tree branches while you enjoy what I refer to as “Colorado Comfort Food,” healthy, Colorado-grown (and raised) ingredients paired with a sort of “rib-sticking” creationism.   The local components, sometimes as local as an arm’s reach from the patio, paired with the expertise of Chef Bradford Heap, owner of SALT the Bistro in Boulder and of this well-hidden gem in Niwot, are sure to fill your belly with close-to-home creations crafted after the legacies of Classic French and Northern Italian cuisines.

Colterra, a derivative of the Latin words “Collo” and Terra,” which, combined, mean “to cultivate the earth,” proves true to the origin of its name.  With an evolving menu, based on the availability of local produce, meat and herbs, and an on-site garden featuring vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, Chef Heap’s relatively new endeavor is after the hearts of those true to the “Colorado” way of life.  In addition to supporting our indulgences in local cuisine seven days a week for lunch and dinner and on Saturday and Sunday for a “free range” brunch, this place is also after our Coloradoan-indulgent livers…With happy hour seven days a week.

This weekend, satisfy mid-day hunger pains with an extensive brunch menu, featuring “Never Never” steak and eggs or a burger of the same Peter Pan tendencies, Grand Marnier Beignets or Smoked Wild Salmon Eggs Benedict.  For dinner, try a salad, picked fresh from the patio garden, or an assortment of Colorado-raised meats ranging from lamb to New York Strip to pork.  Sample an assortment of classic cocktails made with Spring 44 vodkas or gins; distilled from a spring in Roosevelt National Forest.

If you don’t have much time this weekend to get out and smell the roses, take a few hours and drive up to Colterra.  As you wind into the quiet town of Niwot, let the warm glow of the patio lights draw you in for an evening, or afternoon, of relaxation and culinary indulgence. – Hiliary Bonner

Colterra is located at 210 Franklin Street  Niwot, CO 80544 (303) 652-0777.


Where To Eat This Weekend: (Denver) Second Home Kitchen + Bar

April 6th, 2012 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

By Becky Creighton

When I think Easter I think lamb and of course chocolate bunnies, the latter always results in my children biting the ears off first as they work their way down to the tail to fuel their sugar enhanced day – one of the few days where it is “acceptable” to have chocolate, and as much as you want, for breakfast.  But, we’re not talking about chocolate, if we were, we’d be talking about Piece, Love and Chocolate or Happy Cakes.  No, today we’re talking about lamb and on this Easter weekend where can you go get a spring menu? Well, not many places because the fact is we live in Colorado (mild winter and all) and our spring produce hasn’t really hit yet.

You can still get a delicious (and large) lamb shank at Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Cherry Creek.  The Colorado lamb shank is braised and is served with goat cheese smashed potatoes and Dale’s Pale Ale braised greens.  Now we’re talking! Lamb, goat cheese and beer, I’m not sure the flavor combination could get any better.  Try the hummus or any of their pizzas because they are both tasty.  And, even on an early April day, you could probably sit on their expansive patio given the weather this weekend is supposed to be stellar.

Executive chef Jeff Bolton always puts together a great menu both seasonally and a few mainstays.  He draws on his culinary education from the famed Culinary Institute of America as well as his stints around the country.  At Second Home Kitchen + Bar he has forged many relationships with local farmers, producers and dairies to bring a Colorado focused and local menu to his guests.

This restaurant is housed in the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek but don’t let the stigma of hotel restaurants sway you away from this inventive restaurant, your stomach and taste buds will be glad you stopped in for the great menu.

You can catch Second Home Kitchen + Bar on a Top Restaurant Tour. They are located at 150 Clayton Street Denver, CO 80206 303-253-3000.


Where to go for Dinner Tonight

May 28th, 2010 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Last Friday evening I wondered into the Village Cork. Culinary Connectors was finishing up their Friday South Pearl Street Walking Tour. Guests were gathered around Chef Samir Mohammad as he poured the last bit of Infinite Monkey Theorem wine and explained one more time how he makes his fresh ricotta. The group ended up enjoying Happy Hour at the Cork basking in the glow of eating and drinking all afternoon.

I cozied up to the bar and ordered the tomato salad. Samir poured wine for me, a glass of Marietta Old Vines. I watched him work in his little but efficient kitchen, preparing my salad and the many orders of his most popular dish, lobster polenta fries. The fries are tasty, baked and served with Brie cream and a sweet balsamic reduction. Tonight however I was in the mood for some local produce. His salad is composed of cherry heirloom tomatoes with perfectly blanched asparagus, fresh made ricotta, basil and organic greens. It’s fresh and light as the dressing is made from juicing the tomatoes in a little salt and then adding a touch of olive oil. It’s the perfect dish for a sunny Friday afternoon or as a start to dinner. Next I tried the Moody Blue Soufflé and then finished with Samir’s special for the evening, a plate of mahi mahi tacos. Samir is utterly passionate about produce and letting it do the work. His dishes are clean and well composed. He felt like putting tacos on the menu that Friday and I am glad that he did. The flavors were perfect. At the end of my meal I glanced at my watch, amazingly two hours had passed; I was relaxed, well fed and happy. With Chef Samir’s fresh, organic menu along with a well-crafted wine list and a laid back and relaxed atmosphere the Village Cork is a great place for dinner tonight.

For more information about the Village Cork please click here.